Design animation and digital visual effects

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CUFANM503A, 'Design animation and digital visual effects'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Clarify design requirements

1. With reference to production documentation identify the scope of design projects

2. Identify factors that may have an impact on the design process

3. Participate in preliminary concept meetings to clarify understanding of design requirements

4. With reference to production documentation, itemise elements that need to be addressed during the design phase

Generate and assess ideas

5. Generate a range of design ideas that respond sympathetically to the brief and provide creative solutions to design issues

6. Assess ideas and collaborate, as required, with relevant personnel to maximise contribution of ideas to initial concepts

7. Continuously reflect on and appraise ideas for implications on cost, technical feasibility, and creative requirements

Conduct research and experimentation

8. Research aspects of content and target audience characteristics that might influence production styles and techniques

9. Trial various techniques to test the suitability of their use in given design projects

10. Organise research and experimentation material for ease of access by relevant personnel during the design development process

11. Analyse and document research and experimentation findings for use during the design phase

Produce draft design specifications

12. In consultation with relevant personnel, evaluate initial concept ideas in light of research and experimentation findings and select the most appropriate approach

13. Ensure that agreement is reached with relevant personnel on a consistent interpretation of design and visual details

14. Create storyboards as required

15. Prepare or supervise the preparation of sample material to be included in design specifications as required

16. Write draft design specifications to include relevant advice to design and development teams

17. Discuss draft design specifications with relevant personnel to ensure that all requirements have been addressed

Finalise design specifications

18. Present draft design specifications to relevant personnel for review

19. Participate in the initial and ongoing evaluation of design specifications

20. Negotiate and agree to additions or modifications and amend design specifications as required

21. Clarify the ongoing role of the designer during the production phase and in the evaluation of the final animations or digital visual effects

22. Review process of designing animation and digital visual effects and note areas for future improvement

Qualifications and Skillsets

CUFANM503A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ICP50210 - Diploma of Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia)
  • CUV60307 - Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development
  • CUF50207 - Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
  • CUF50107 - Diploma of Screen and Media
  • CUF60107 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media